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happydutch

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  1. Absolutely. I have added waypoints around trail splits/switches and it will make the hiking experience so much better. Thanks for pointing this out. Totally worth it.. Thanks! : )
  2. After years of hiking with the Legend the way it does breadcrumbs has eroded into my brain... Just used to it. Will try active route. Just tried "Active Route". Wow. very nice....! I like it how it inserts "high point" and "low point" automatically. This is SOOOOO much better...
  3. After years of hiking with the Legend the way it does breadcrumbs has eroded into my brain... Just used to it. Will try active route.
  4. I just got used to see my track, and when I zoom out I could see what part of the trail I had hiked. It's just a matter of being used to this for years. And personally think breadcrumbs should always be visible... It's more intuitive.
  5. That's right... Pity. I think the Legend did it better. Anyway, there are several good features on the new eTrex. Maybe I will just get a Vista HCx on the side : )
  6. Make sure under Setup > Tracks > TrackLog is set to "Record, Show on Map" FYI.... Check out GPS File Depot it has more detailed free topo maps. Thanks for the response! I did check that option. What happens is that the current track being navigated shows up purple and overlays on the "breadcrumb track" that I gave a yellow color". On a screen refresh you can see it appear for a moment but it is overlaid by the purple track. Change the color of the tracks? I just got my etrex 20 but had read about how to do that, but didnt need to so far in my case.. I read it best here: http://www.aukadia.net/gps/lw3_0.htm That's a good link -- done that as well. Seems that the eTrex 20/30 always overlays the current navigated track over the breadcrumbs. Seems something I'll have to live with.
  7. Make sure under Setup > Tracks > TrackLog is set to "Record, Show on Map" FYI.... Check out GPS File Depot it has more detailed free topo maps. Thanks for the response! I did check that option. What happens is that the current track being navigated shows up purple and overlays on the "breadcrumb track" that I gave a yellow color". On a screen refresh you can see it appear for a moment but it is overlaid by the purple track.
  8. Hi, I purchased the eTrex 30 Topo bundle. The eTrex 30 is very similar to my Legend, but one thing that is much different is how it shows the current track that I hiked. It overlays the current route (selected with "Where To?") on top of the track breadcrumbs making it impossible to see where I have hiked. On my Legend it overlays the track breadcrumbs on top of the track that is being navigated, allowing you to see to what you have hiked so far if you zoom out and display the entire track. Is there a way to change this?
  9. So you have to hold it for a moment, correct? Right now a short 'tap' is already enough to turn it on.
  10. I have just purchased an eTrex 30 and it's a very similar experience from the eTrex Legend HCx that it replaces. However one thing is quite different is that the power button is very easy to push. On the Legend I have to hold it for a moment so it will not turn itself on by accident. I posted a short video here: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/14691938/eTrex30Power.wmv Defective?
  11. Any more deals? If you see a deal for a Garmin GPSMAP 62S could you post it here?
  12. Thanks a lot -- I really appreciate the support of the forum. Seems we have a nice community of folks here.
  13. Ah my head hurts from looking at too many blogs, reviews, YouTube videos, forums posts... I'm keeping the 60CSx around and will just get both eTrex 30 and 62S and return one the units... I guess keeping the 60CSx as backup.
  14. Memory card really depends on how many maps you want to keep on it. I think a 16GB will do the trick for a while with room to spare. These are now $12.99 at Newegg.com (get a class 10). Click here(I just purchased this one). Get free maps from gpsfiledepot (click here)
  15. Amazing... I got my 60CSx brand new years ago with Garmin TOPO USA bundled for under $200. That said...get a Montana 600... LOVE mine. MUCH better than the 60CSx and I really loved that unit. And, I'll love it again if I ever have to fall back on it as a backup unit since I'm never selling it. I was somewhat stunned by the prices I see as well... It seems folks really pay premium for a as new unit. And thanks for the Montana recommendation I already have a hard time making up my mind
  16. Any rationale for the 62S from your side? I've always been a fan of the quad-helix antenna.....I have 4 different models using the quad and several without. I find the button layout on the 62 series ( same as the 60,76)much better than the Etrex joystick, etc. The firmware for the 62 series is more mature ( my unit works perfectly )....read this forum re Etrex firmware. The 62 has a GREAT 3-axis pointer{ compass} ( will always point at the cache even if you're not moving)......I've read several on this forum that won't even use this feature on the Etrex 30 it performs so poorly. IMO the Etrex wasn't made to compete with the 62 but to offer a less costly alternative...like trying to compare a BMW 700 series with the 300 series. That's a great insight; thanks! The compass and greater precision is important to me and the most important reason I am upgrading from the Legend HCx. I got lost yesterday for a while because without compass it's so hard to find your way back to a trail. I kept on walking back and forth and then made a detour over a golf course before finding a trailhead bringing me back to the trail...
  17. Any rationale for the 62S from your side?
  18. "brand new" ==> Purchased but never used -- new in box. It seems that these unit sell for $300+ on eBay especially when it's new in box. After having read a ton of reviews and watched various videos on YouTube the eTrex 30 seems to be as good as the 62S. Like someone said earlier on this thread, it's a personal preference. I have not heard anyone about the larger antenna of the 62S being a real advantage, which puzzled me a little.
  19. I just purchased a brand new 60CSx from a colleague for a nice price. I wanted to see whether I like the unit. I noticed the menu system is almost identical to the Legend HCx, which is my current GPSr. I was looking for compass support this is why I was thinking about a 60CSx since I enjoy working with the Legend. Also I had some severe accuracy issues with my Legend recently on mountain side hikes so looking for something more sensitive. I also tried out the Dakota 20 (and returned it as I missed some Legend features I got used to) and what I did like about the more modern software is that navigating a track is a lot simpler ("Where To?" instead of TracBack and have to select a point). I hiked in heavy rain with it under dense canopy and it kept an accurate lock, compared to the Legend that drifted off course. Now I am torn between: - Keep the 60CSx -- live with the somewhat dated software -- I keep on hearing that the accuracy of this unit is very good - Sell the 60CSx and get of the following: - GPSMAP 62S - eTrex 30 I keep on hearing good things about the eTrex 30 -- it seems to be a mini-62S and apparently the extra satellite support helps it to keep accuracy under a dense canopy. However if the 62S has better sensitivity AND the same features compared to eTrex 30 I may go for that model. Any opinion?
  20. Have dropped it off at USPS today. Disappointing device. Had a good hike today with my old Legend HCx but want to get something more accurate and with compass. Will get an an eTrex 30 or GPSMAP 62s. Thanks for all of the feedback! Appreciate it!
  21. It won't show the distance to trackpoints. Have you created a waypoint along the track? Thanks for the answers! I does do that on my Legend, so that's a step back in functionality. Let me try to add Waypoints and see if that works (a bit cumbersome though :-( ) Just created a test route. I'm starting to see how Garmin has changed how this works. It's a little cumbersome to have to place waypoints on the track, but I can see this is how you work with tracks. You follow a track and want to be warned at a junction. The Legend warned you at all track points. Will try this out tomorrow. Maybe I don't have to return this unit after all... I tried the track this morning on route to kids school & work. It works indeed as expected. It doesn't 'beep' at the waypoint though which is disappointing.
  22. Let me know if you're still looking. Have a brand new one in box with all accessories included. Mint condition. Willing to sell for the right offer.
  23. Let me know if you're still looking. Have a brand new one in box with all accessories included. Mint condition. Willing to sell for the right offer.
  24. It won't show the distance to trackpoints. Have you created a waypoint along the track? Thanks for the answers! I does do that on my Legend, so that's a step back in functionality. Let me try to add Waypoints and see if that works (a bit cumbersome though :-( ) Just created a test route. I'm starting to see how Garmin has changed how this works. It's a little cumbersome to have to place waypoints on the track, but I can see this is how you work with tracks. You follow a track and want to be warned at a junction. The Legend warned you at all track points. Will try this out tomorrow. Maybe I don't have to return this unit after all...
  25. It won't show the distance to trackpoints. Have you created a waypoint along the track? Thanks for the answers! I does do that on my Legend, so that's a step back in functionality. Let me try to add Waypoints and see if that works (a bit cumbersome though :-( )
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